Yamamoto-tei, a traditional house and garden
Before being acquired by Katsushika Ward in 1986, Yamamoto-tei (山本亭) was the residence of industrialist Einosuke Yamamoto and his family for four generations. Yamamoto was the founder of Yamamoto Kojo, a manufacturing company of metal parts and shutters for cameras. After the 1923 earthquake, he moved the factory and his residence from Asakusa to Katsushika, in North-Eastern Tokyo.
Yamamoto-tei, registered as a Tangible Cultural Property by the Katsushika ward, blends the Japanese residential architecture style shoin-zukuri with European architecture. The main room offers to visitors a splendid view to shoin-style garden while enjoying tea and traditional sweets wagashi.
Yamamoto-tei is a ten-minute walk from Shibamata Station.
photos: Junko Nagata © Japanbyweb.com